Everton manager Roberto Martinez has signed a new five-year contract with the Toffees to keep him at Goodison Park until 2019.
The club announced the news on their official Twitter feed Thursday:
Despite having three years still left to run on his current contract, the Spanish manager has been rewarded for an excellent first season in charge at Everton.
Dominic King of the Daily Mail reports that the deal could be worth around £3 million a year and relayed Martinez's comments on the news:
I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to make a further commitment to Everton. I loved my first season at the club. I could not be more proud of the way Everton performed throughout the entire season and the memories we were able to make together.
Martinez moved to Everton from Wigan for the beginning of the 2013-14 season and led his new side to a fifth-placed finish in the Premier League, picking up more points than ever before, per Squawka:
Everton's 72 points in the Premier League this term is their highest ever pts tally in a single season. Their previous best was 65 in 07/08.— Squawka Football (@Squawka) May 12, 2014
The 40-year-old faced a tough job on arrival as he took over from long-term boss David Moyes who left to take the reigns at Manchester United.
To the surprise of many, Martinez managed to improve Moyes' impressive outfit, adding an attacking flair that had not been present in previous years.
It seems that Everton chairman Bill Kenwright has moved swiftly to keep the Spaniard at Everton as he has been reportedly of interest to many clubs in England and in Europe.
Kenwright was glowing in his description of Martinez, as reported in King's piece:
In many commentators’ eyes, Roberto Martinez is the best young manager in Europe. We agree. He took on an unfamiliar challenge for most Managers, to take something really good and make it even better. He has succeeded.
Martinez has consistently impressed in his short managerial career, having shined at both Swansea and Wigan and winning the FA Cup with the latter.
Everton look to have done very well in tying him down for a further five years as he will no doubt lead the Toffees to even further improvement the longer he stays at the club.
It is an exciting time for the Merseyside club with a Europa League spot for next season, and Martinez will look to strengthen his squad over the summer in preparation.